Published on: November 06, 2020
Fall is quite a transitional season for most of us, where we move from being fairly warm to extremely cold in some cases.
Our ponds also go through a transition. There is no better time than now to start preparing your pond for next Spring. We recommend cleaning up the pond to ensure it stays healthy throughout the upcoming season, which means less work for you come next Spring. Preventing the issues is better than trying to fix them after they happen. It is important to minimize dead leaves, broken branches and dead plants in the pond at this time. Leaves, branches, animal waste, dead aquatic vegetation and algae make up much of the organic matter that may build up at the bottom of your pond over time. All these begin to decompose, consume the oxygen in the pond and form pond muck. Pond muck is often related with a dreadful rotten egg smell that happens mainly in the winter, and unpleasant appearance of the pond, which no one likes.
The terrible odour linked to pond muck is due to a lack of oxygen. When the oxygen is not replaced, its absence in the water allows plant nutrients and metals, which are trapped in the sediments, to dissolve into the water. Ultimately, little or no oxygen may result in the release of hydrogen sulphide, causing the rotten egg smell. The more nutrients and metals released into the water at the bottom of the pond, the thicker the layer of poor quality water becomes.
Of course, we encourage cleaning as a regular part of maintaining a healthy pond, but the last cleaning before the winter freeze is very important to the outcome of your pond come next spring. If you haven’t done this yet, many of you still have time-based on where you live.
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